Sunday, October 05, 2014

The neighborhood association is planning  cleanup of our pedestrian/bike path.
A celebration will follow.

The path connects 13th Avenue South at 7th Street and  11 Avenue South at 6th Street.

Please contact us if you can volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning.

Bartlett Park Community Resource Center
642 22nd Avenue South, 33705

Looking south from 12th Ave toward 13th.

Do you have any ideas for landscaping?

Home of the late Joseph Savage on the left. A heroic leader of our city and good friend and neighbor.

The Northern section has just been improved with hexblocks and planters.

Decorated for community event.

The Pinellas Trail may connect to our neighborhood bringing more people who want to walk and bike and connecting residents to jobs and school.

Recent photos:
Broken street light

 and thick vegetation
make the walkway completely dark at night.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Salt Creek Kayak Trail, from Bayboro to Bartlett Park

Put in on the beach at Lassing Park and head North past the Coast Guard Base
Then head West into Bayboro Harbor
Turn South into Salt Creek

Heading South we see Fish Tales on 2nd Street. A great place to dock your boat but not yet kayak accessible.

Going under the Thrill Hill bridge on 3rd Street

Now we have gone past the developed shoreline. This beautiful green shore is made up of mangroves being overgrown by pepper trees.

We come to the end of the navigable section at the 4th Street bridge. A pipe under the bridge makes crossing unwise. This picture was taken during high tide in 2009. Today this bridge is being replaced and we hope the new structure allows us to navigate to the park.

Mike seems to be walking on water at the left. He found a quiet spot to fish while standing on a submerged pipe, giving a friendly greeting and warning to watch out for gators.
Photos by Joe Wagner, Baywatch, Ken Breslauer of Historic Sites and Architecture of St. Petersburg Florida

This postcard shows the park as it was first designed and maintained for 50 years. The open waterway, stately palms, flowering shrubs and expansive lawns said "Florida" to the winter visitors and snowbirds who made it their home. The mangroves have since come back to provide a home for wildlife and screen the kayak path from almost any hint that you are in a city. The downtown high rises poke out from the trees but its easy not to notice anything but nature. Neighborhood residents relax by the shore with their fishing poles.
Very minor pruning would open this trail up to provide us a wonderful new amenity.

Story by Sara Palmer, Neighborhood News Bureau in Neighborhood Times.

This bridge is all that remains of the Historic Wedgewood Inn

Salt Creek Restoration, before and after photos. click for photos

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Innovation District of Downtown St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg  "Shines"  Newsletter

Approximately a year ago, community stakeholders began discussing what assets the City had that could be maximized for job attraction. Discussions started by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership led to the conceptualization of the Innovation District, which has been further defining itself ever since.
The Innovation District of Downtown St. Petersburg consists of its major medical facilities, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and several environmental and marine science - state and federal affiliated - research centers - which are collectively known as the St. Petersburg Ocean Team.
Today the City's medical technologies and life science cluster employs more than tourism and pays a healthy annual wage.  Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin is chairing the Innovation District mission for the city and quotes "They're all innovators who move the ball forward in their specific sectors."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Natural beach restoration not allowed in Treasure Island Florida

Nature has always provided free beach renourishment. Storms erode beaches and much of the sand is moved downwind. Native shoreline plants like sea oats, sea grapes, and palm trees hold the sand and colonize new deposits of sand blown in by storms. People can help this process at modest cost by planting right after a storm and fencing vegetated areas to prevent foot traffic from disturbing young plants. This low cost or free erosion protection also provides vital wildlife habitat.

Tourists visit from around the world to relax on quiet beaches and see this REAL FLORIDA of palm trees, birds, turtles and other wildlife.

Natural beach restoration can't occur when local government encourages driving and parking on the beach or building and rebuilding too close to the shoreline. This is the case in Pinellas County and much of Florida.

Beach property owners are addicted to free replacement of sand through local government and Congress. Despite mounting debt and other unmet needs Congress continues to make frivolous activities like this a national priority.

Shouldn't there be rules added to any grants for beach renourishment money to ban  beach driving and parking and require native planting on dunes?

At the Treasure Island City Commission meeting on April 1st environmental activists came to oppose further permitting of beach driving, parking and invasive activities on Treasure Island Beach during shorebird and sea turtle nesting season. Nature and taxpayers lost by a 4-1 vote on the request for approval of the Greatest Show on Surf for 2015.

Lorraine Margeson"This is what this travesty to our beach habitat looked like in 2013." 

"As you dream about your summer vacation, imagine stopping at the bank on your way to the beach, taking out all of your money, and dumping it into the ocean. Sound crazy? Well, that's exactly what the Army Corps of Engineers does with millions of tax dollars every year under the federal beach renourishment program."

Sunday, February 02, 2014